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, and distinguished senior fellow bob herbert. that you all for being here. and joining us now from washington is nbc news justice correspondent pete williams who has been tracking this supreme court case here. pete, put this in context for us. there was what they call a circuit split, different rulings in the lower courts. how does that affect our understanding fl the significance of the supreme court hearing this case? >> reporter: well, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion the court would take this case for two reasons. whenever the lower courts strike down part of a federal law, that makes it very important for the supreme court to hear the case. now the court today agreed to hear two cases, hobby lobby, in which the hobby lobby, the company, won the tenth circuit court of appeals said yes corporations do have and can exercise freedom of religion. and then another case, the third circuit said another company, which is in pennsylvania owned by a family of five menonites, the court ruled against them and said not only can the company assert religious religious freedom but they can't sue and cla
the year 1843. democrats and other lovers of a functioning u.s. government were not pleased. >> i believe very deeply that the judiciary is too important to play partisan games with it. that's exactly what's going on here. >> going to hold nominations hostage without consideration of individual merit we will have drastic measures. >> drastic measures also known as the nuclear option, also known as a push to get nominees cleared with a simple 51-vote majority. democrats are reconsidering that measure because of the gop's unprecedented and historic intransigence on, well, everything but especially on presidential nominations. as "the new york times" reports, republican objections to miss millet had nothing to do with her political leanings. they wanted to refuse president obama any more appointments to appeals court. that's because the court oversees most agencies, health care, financial reform to the irs and epa. underscoring the importance of the d.c. circuit court, four of the nine supreme court justices served on it. but rather than than admit to their fear obama appointee might shift t
and some of us may be less talented, but we all have the opportunity to serve and to open people's hearts and minds, you know, in our smaller orbits. so i hope everybody's been inspired as i have been participating and being with these people here today. thank you very much, everybody. [ applause ] >> the presidential medal of freedom ceremony has just wrapped up at the white house. among the 16 recipients this year, oprah winfrey, loretta lynn, and the last democrat to occupy the oval office, former president bill clinton. given that last week president obama might have preferred to bestow on mr. clinton the medal of freedom of opinion. >> i'm grateful, bill, as well, for the advice and counsel you've offered me on and off the golf course. and most importantly for your life-saving work around the world. >> by all accounts, 42 and 44 are not close. advisers can see the two men don't particularly like each other, and their relationship is purely transactional. as reported in the book "double down," following a round of golf in 2011, designed to break the ice and formalize clinton's role in
play one on television. the president is allowing us to sell crappy plans. we've done months of work. we're not going to give the option. if i'm state insurance commissioner, it's not worth the headache. >> some talk off the error, put out statements. it will take a long time to go back to regulators and approve the plans they scrapped. i don't think there's legal questions about them doing this. it's not even the uncertainty of that. they made cost adjustments and regulatory adjustments. i think what the white house is trying to do and what democrats are starting to do is what everyone is saying, shift the focus back to insurers. they lost focus. they worry they might lose focus for a very long time. every problem with health care five years ago you could blame on hmos. every problem with health care they solve this month, every cost issue blamed on the government. it happened in 2012, democrats didn't lose when people's rates went up in 2012. that was the panic now. people who were losing what couldn't tell without patronizing them were bad plans but not for the company but the gov
i'm ari melber in for alex wagner. u.s. severed ties with iran and every president thoepd make a deal. at 3:00 in the morning on sunday the administration achieved a breakthrough. after a year of secret bilateral negotiations the u.s. reached an interim deal on iran's nuclear program. it will temporarily pause the program while negotiators pursue a long-term agreement. the deal, which will continue for six months they agree to stop enriching above 5% and not enthe stockpile. they will not install additional centrifuge. these will be enforced by daily inspections by iaea. beyond that sanctions that kr crippled the iran will be eased to $6to $7 billion benefit. when they returned last night they were greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters. american officials have not received such an amiable reception. this morning, "wall street journal" knocked the deal as a triumph for iran. lawmakers from both parties hit a skeptical note as well. >> i think this deal, interim deal with iran is, in fact, dangerous. it is a deal which brings iran closer to becoming a nuclear power. we want
it will all work out. nonetheless, tracing these errors, it's painful. i keep using the words painful and tragic. you know how i feel about the rollout of this. that no one piped up. >> you look, think back to your own first job when you're a lower level person and working on something that's not working out, you do kind of keep a secret and horde it and worry and don't go running to your boss. we did a story about the launch of iphone. when steve jobs set up the big event. they had something put together with duct tape and wire. it was like -- he insisted on doing it live, steve jobs. he was pushing it through. it looked like the most ridiculous risk taking you could possibly have. so much riding on it. they could not believe it, the engineers, as they sat there in the audience that it worked for the live presentation. i think there was a kind of wishful thinking in this process like you know what, maybe the duct tape will hold and everybody at the lower levels is like i hope, i hope, i hope. it doesn't. now we're in a different stage of the process. now we under the mistakes that we
darryl issa wasted no time taking the president to task. >> president obama said, using it would be as easy as buying an airline ticket on or buying a television on amazon. this is an insult to amazon and kayak. this wasn't a scaling mistake. this was a monumental mistake to go live and effectively explode on the launch pad. >> but underscoring the deeply political nature of the health care proceedings, the testier exchanges took place not between republicans an white house officials but between republicans and democrats. after delivering a typically self-serving and long-wibded hoping statement, chair darrell issa was determined to keep democratic questions to a minimum. >> although i understand -- >> the gentleman's time has expi expired. >> i just asked for the same amount of time you had. >> i'm asking -- >> gentleman's recognized. >> you're not going to run a fair hearing. you're going to do this all the way. >> the gentleman from florida is recogni recognized. >> the partisan -- signs are emerging that several jittery democrats are inclined to support it. despite
, not legislation. used to be the chairs of the committee led the legislative discussions in a fairly bipartisan way. the chairs made decisions. now it's the parties make decisions. the decision if you're an opposition party is no. >> look, i've got to ask you standing as you are on capitol hill, "the washington post" in an he had tarle said this radical action, the nuclear option, a product of poisonous partisanship will be an accelerant of poisonous partisanship. there's been a lot of postgame analysis today that said if it was broken yesterday it will be more broken in the future, which is cause for consternation. what does this mean practically for upcoming negotiations on the budget, for the employment and nondiscrimination act, any possibility of immigration reform? >> well, there's i guess school of thought that says republicans are so upset by this action they refuse to negotiate on issues going forward. i don't buy that the senate in terms of large scale legislation had been working desly well over the last few months with the immigration bill. you saw enda put to a vote. where you will see
keep democratic judges off the bench. what qualifies as nuclear in the 2013 senate means using a simple 51 vote majority to change the senate's rules. these days when virtually everything ever required a filibuster proof 60 votes, it's so extreme, so severely serious it is deemed nuclear. the proposed democratic measure would adjust senate procedure to eliminate the 60 vote threshold for all executive appointments aside from supreme court justices. while there's certain to be partisan haggling over that carveout, the larger issue and end of the senate filibuster has implications so far reaching that our tiny little human brains have only begun to consider them. one thing at least is for sure. the power hoarding that has come to characterize modern day msht has reached a new place. the friend in american government is that power does not get shared and instead flows to whichever party has the will to seize it. senate republicans have seized new powers by imposing a judicial blockade on the d.c. circuit. and the only available democratic response appears to be seizing back more power stil
few days, i think all of us have been shaken by images of the devastation brought by typhoon haiyan. it's a heartbreaking reminder of how fragile life is. among the dead are several americans. our prayers are with the filipino people and filipino americans across the country who are anxious about their family and friends back home. one of our core principles is, when our friends are in trouble, america helps. as i told president aquino, america will continue to offer whatever assistance we can. our military personnel and usaid team do this better than anything. they have been working tirelessly on the ground to help with food, shelter, airlift. today the aircraft carrier "uss george washington" and other ships arrived to help with semple and rescue, as well as supplies, medical care and logistical support. more help is on the way. america's strength, of course, has been more than about what our government can do. it's also about what our citizens can do. it's about the big-heartedness of the american people when they see other folks in trouble. today i would encourage everybody who
de blasio's wife used to be a lesbian. this family represents culture challenges that enveloped part but not all of america. to cultural conservatives this doesn't look like their country at all. in other words, to bigots, intraracial marriage is a scary thing. >> he's got his finger on the pulse. >> he writes it at a time when the president of the united states is the son of a biracial couple. he's talking about iowa won by big margins. it's pretty crazy. >> what amazes me about this jonathan, the thesis, today's gop is not racist, then richard cohen says it's not racist then goeston to discuss a decidedly racist view. >> in the paragraph before he's making a comparison to dixiecrats and tenor and tone before today's seemingly more enlightened politics. that being said my colleague richard cohen, who i like and respect, what he says after that is just -- it's reprehensible. the gag reflex. i tripped over that sentence several times trying to figure out what exactly is he trying to say. richard is no tea party conservative right wing card carrying person. he's a manhattan liberal. th
washington post" kathleen parker. joining us from seattle washington, washington state insurance commissioner. mike, before i get to you, i want to get our folks in new york on the record here. robert, specifically, 80% isn't good enough? >> in baseball you'd be in the hall of fame twice. >> also baseball with like 50%. >> you would. i think it's a measure of improvement, a measure of how far they have had to come in order to get 80% to be a success rate. not many 10 years old, mine included, would think 80% -- >> is that a c or a b? >> there's all sorts of grading systems these days. i think, as we've talked about before, the end of the month is crucial, not as just some arbitrary day on the calendar, begins a two-week period of time from december 1st to december 15th in which people if they don't want a gap in coverage, have changing coverage or want it january 1st have to be enrolled. it's not an arbitrary date, it's a real important milestone in the enrollment period. people have to have selected a plan in order to see that coverage selected. it is a big deal and something they have to ge
of this is proving to americans that this health insurance is a good thing, that they can actually enroll in it using a computer or a paper form, which will actually still take a long time. and if you don't have enough people buy into the notion that this thing is functioning, then the whole thing can fail. if you look at the enrollment goals, and i'm personally sort of terrified when the white house does release the numbers later this month. the goal is 800,000 by november 30th. i am not a mathematician, but that number, given the fact that six people were able to enroll on the first day, could be dreadfully lower than 800,000. >> and i would add an extra terrifying target. they need 40% of the enrollees to be young people. that demographic is particularly critical. that's the demographic most turned off by these type of tech illiteracy glitches. >> how do they get over that? >> when it comes to health care, young, healthy people are typically the last to sign up. these initial numbers, as frightening as they are, and they will be lower than the small numbers expected, don't matter that much in the
, preventive services, could cut down who knows, acts of violence, make us a safer, happier society. you would think, bill, this would be trumpeted better by people on the left and people certainly in the administration. >> there's a lot of things in health care that are amazing people have been trying to do not just presidencies but generations, previous conditions, extending medicaid, allowing kids to stay on their parents health insurance. the whole basket of things that came with health care. but in this environment where where there are some real problems with the website, some problems with the rollout, it's hard to get attention for the good things. it's so much easier for people in the media to cover the negative things. >> of which you are a part stepped on this news friday by scheduling an event in miami about infrastructure. >> infrastructure. >> look -- >> nothing wrong with infrastructure but here was an actual accomplishment. >> there are a lot of different priorities this administration is dealing with. at the center of all those priorities is how do we help middle class familie
medical prescription in america. 99% of women use it. so when these objections are being made to birth control, i think it's really confusing for women. for women, birth control is not a religious issue. it's actually a health issue. many women, in fact, use oral contraceptives for things other than preventing unintended pregnancy. it's also an economic issue. i think this has really gotten lost in this story. if you are a minimum-wage worker, working at a national craft -- arts and crafts company and you're paying $600 for birth control, not covering it is a big deal. it's an economic issue. >> erin, the other thash strikes me, there was a citation of citizens united in this, and this sort of question of are corporations people too? do you put the rights of the individual over the corporation? it does raise dramatic implications. but there's also broader legal implications. >> what's important to note is that when you incorporate your company, you're shielding yourself from certain kinds of liability. you're turni ining it into a coy and you have responsibilities and rights. you don't
transport or make us immortal, it's a website. as pointd out, it is indeed more than a website. it's in full bloom manifesting in things like lower hospital rates, care of organizations and retail health care and employers. shopping around for less expensive plans rather than endlessly footing higher bills. so can obama care hyperventilation continue for ever? possible but probably not. joining me editorial director of the huffington media group howard fine man, chairman of slate and washington editor of the national review robert costa. joining us from washington is democratic senator from west virginia the inimitable jo mansion. senator, thank you so much for being with us today. >> nice to be with you. >> senator, i want to get your take. there is a lot of talk about panic in washington of as a democrat on the hill, where do you stand today? how are you on the panic meter of one to ten? >> i'm not too excited and i don't get too panicked. we've got to fix things. that's what i came here to do. the people of west virginia expect me to make it better and i'm going to do that. the bottom lin
. they will use the tools at their disposal regardless of how bad they may be for the country, and they are going to sort of market this as a failure even if it ends up being a success. >> the positive that i will throw out at you, i think finally this president, this white house gets that. they are negotiating with people who have no interest in negotiating, fixing the problem, making it better. they see this as a political tool going into 2014. the one thing i wish we were talking more about, the fact for a lot of these people if they had the opportunity to see here is what you're eligible for in obama care, here is what you have now. i don't think most people understand their health care plan for starters and don't recognize it's not just your premiums, it's your out of pocket cost, co-pays, prescription drugs. i wish people would have an opportunity to have a real comparison. the one thing they should have done and maybe could do is really give people a breakdown so they understand here is what you're paying now. here is what you get for that. here is what we're talking about under obama care
capehart and joining us from washington, d.c., john stanton. john, let me go to you first since you're in d.c. right now the senate is holding a vote or about to hold a vote on the toomey amendment which will broaden carveouts to corporations who might not feel okay with lgtb employees and just not want to abide by this nonstrip nation act. what do you see for the future of this bill? does it stand any hope in the house. >> the hope amongert spokers of the bill is that by including these kind of exemptions they can bring enough republicans in the senate they can have a big vogt vote and bring parish to the speaker. unequivocal speaker has said will not support the bill, encourage lawsuits, move it further to the right to placate him. it will be difficult for supporters of the bill to get republicans to go for it at this point. >> steve, what john said the speaker thinks it's going to increase frivolous legislation. they have done studies where there are discrimination in place and only 7% of all lawsuits have to do with sexual orientation discrimination. that seems like a smoke screen for n
investments and the ground game, the use of data and analytics. i don't in talking to republicans at the national or local level see a lot of people who have developed the expertise to do that. this is difficult, sophisticated stuff. your normal sort of political operative staffer types don't have the skill set to do it. in the wake of the democrat's loss in 2004, they invest in a lot of new institutions to house data, do analysis, do testing at great costs that existed on the left. nobody on the right has taken that type of leap yet. >> in terms of the campaign itself, governor, the surrogate issue in virginia was -- has been an interesting one. terry mcauliffe has had the assistance of bill and hillary clinton. he the vice president and president stumping for him. cuccinelli has had marco rubio, ron paul, rick santorum and the duggers. you talk about a dearth of leadership and effective emissa emissaries, this would ab case study. "politico" striking contrast in surrogates in the homestretch of virginia governor's race another reminder gop's larger leadership vacuum and civil wa
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